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Patty Duke

Patty Duke (real name Anna Pierce) starred in the Patty Duke show, which ran from 1963 to 1966, and has appeared in over 50 films.

In 1982, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which was successfully treated with lithium.

She has battled drug and alcohol problems and other childhood problems, including managerial issues related to her acting career. These are all documented in her autobiography "Call Me Anna".

She says she has finally found happiness in her life. She married Michael Pearce, a retired army drill seargent, in 1986, and has 2 daughters and an adopted son.

Patty Duke continues to act, and feels she can now look back on her life with a sense of peace and order.

General Sherman

William Tecumseh SHERMAN (1820-91), b. Ohio. Became superintendant of a military school in Louisiana (1859). His career is rather like a reverse of Robert E. Lee's. Lee was offered command of the Union armies, but resigned, returned to Virginia, and became the best-known commander of the Confederacy.

"When the Civil War broke out, Sherman - despite his years of service in the South - rejected a commission in the Confederate army and in May 1861 accepted an appointment as a colonel of the infantry in the Federal Army."

Later, "Accused of being unstable, practically removed from command, Sherman at one point considered suicide, but he regained his balance and in March 1862 he was given a new chance as commander of the 5th Division, Army of the Tennessee." Was responsible with Grant for reducing Vicksburg, the last of the Confederate strongholds on the Mississippi. Later responsible for the epic march (1864) through Georgia from Atlanta to the sea at Savannah. (Cut the Confederacy in half.) After the American Civil War succeeded Grant as commander-in-chief (1869) of the U.S. Army. Retired 1883.

Famous for remark, "War is hell" (1880)
The Civil War Almanac dates Sherman's "War is hell" speech as 1880; The Penguin Dictionary of Quotations (ed. Cohen & Cohen) says it was given on 19 June 1879 at the Michigan Military Academy
"I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. . . War is hell."

Nigel sent this through for us...
Source: The Civil War Almanac, ed. John S. Bowman(New York: Bison Books, 1983)

Marie Osmond

Marie Osmond, who has said she suffered from postpartum depression, has written a book on the subject. The book "Behind the Smile" was written by the mother of seven as a way of lifting the shame attached to post-partum depression, which some women suffer after giving birth.

Linda Hamilton

Born in 1957, Linda has revealed that she has had bipolar disorder (manic depression) since she was a child, but was only diagnosed 10 years ago after many years of looking for answers. Linda has been divorced 3 times and says that her illness has impacted her whole family. “There was no capacity to remove myself from my condition and think about other people… it was all about me.”

Linda was relieved to be diagnosed after years of looking for answers and self medication with drugs and alcohol and struggling to keep her marriages intact.

Now with the help of medication, a healthy diet and exercise, life is a much brighter experience and Linda is wanting to tell her story to give other sufferers hope. She wants to make up for that time and spread the workd that there is help available. “I want to destigmatise the words “mental Illness”.

Kay Jamison

Dr. Jamison is professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and coauthor of the standard medical text on manic-depressive illness.

There is more information about Kay Jamison and the work that she does at:

Carrie Fisher

Any time a celebrity comes out of the bipolar closet, this has to be regarded as major news. In late December on ABC's Prime Time, Carrie Fischer of Star Wars fame and author of Postcards From the Edge, told Diane Sawyer: "I used to think I was a drug addict, pure and simple - just someone who could not stop taking drugs willfully. And I was that. But it turns out that I am severely manic depressive."

It took Carrie some 20 years of denial and a mental breakdown before she came to accept her illness and talk about it: "The world of manic depression is a world of bad judgment calls. Just every kind of bad judgement because it all seems like a good idea at the time. A great idea … So if it’s talking, if it’s shopping, if it’s - the weirdest one for me is sex. That’s only happened twice. But then it’s wow, who are you?"

Today, thanks to therapy and medications, Carrie is back on track. She has written a TV Movie, These Old Broads, starring Carrie's mother, Debbie Reynolds with Shirley McLaine, Joan Collins, and - of all people - Elizabeth Taylor, the woman who stole her father, Eddie Fischer.

Thanks to John McManamy's Bi-Polar Weekly

Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan is a comic legend and is very open about having manic depressive illness.

Born in Ireland in 1918, Spike Milligan was recently awarded a knighthood for his services to entertainment. He served in Italy and Africa during World War II, suffering from what was then called shell-shock, then experienced numerous breakdowns throughout his career.

In the 1950s, he teamed up with Peter Sellers and others in the classic Goons. His book, Badjelly the Witch, has been a longtime staple of every child in the British Commonwealth. Because of his Irish nationality, he cannot use the title Sir

"I cannot stand being awake, the pain is too much."----Spike Milligan

mIcK50 has written a poem in memory of Spike Milligan - Ode To Milligoon


Another type of depression is bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness. Not nearly as prevalent as other forms of depressive disorders, bipolar disorder is characterized by cycling mood changes: severe highs (mania) and lows (depression). Sometimes the mood switches are dramatic and rapid, but most often they are gradual. When in the depressed cycle, an individual can have any or all of the symptoms of a depressive disorder. When in the manic cycle, the individual may be overactive, overtalkative, and have a great deal of energy. Mania often affects thinking, judgment, and social behavior in ways that cause serious problems and embarrassment. For example, the individual in a manic phase may feel elated, full of grand schemes that might range from unwise business decisions to romantic sprees. Mania, left untreated, may worsen to a psychotic state.


  • Abnormal or excessive elation
  • Unusual irritability
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Grandiose notions Increased talking
  • Racing thoughts
  • Increased sexual desire
  • Markedly increased energy
  • Poor judgment
  • Inappropriate social behavior

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